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Life, Volume 10, Issue 4 (April 2020) – 20 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Moons in the outer solar system appear to have liquid water beneath an ice crust and conditions [...] Read more. Moons in the outer solar system appear to have liquid water beneath an ice crust and conditions that may support life. Plumes of water have been observed to erupt from Europa and Enceladus, the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and these are targets in the search for life beyond Earth. One criterion for convincing life-detection measurement is that the environment that the sample encounters does not destroy the targeted signs of life. Knowledge of the type and expected quantity of biomarkers in icy world plumes will enable detection and sensitivity limits to be set for proposed life detection instrumentation. Our work focuses on understanding the physical response of aqueous microorganisms to the highly desiccating and freezing conditions encountered if they are ejected into vacuum. View this paper